Comic book tsar Tony Lee has chatted with Newsrama about the IDW Doctor Who Ongoing series, which begins this week with the 1920 Hollywood-set Silver Scream.
Designed to bridge the gap during the TV-lite aspecrt of 2009, the Doctor Who Ongoing monthly series looks set to continue into 2010 – and kicks off with the Doctor in the middle of a party in 1920s Hollywood…
We wanted him to be looking for Charlie Chaplin, but at the last minute we were told we couldn’t use him for legal reasons, so the Doctor is chatting to another, not-so-famous silent movie star, Archie Maplin.
Such is the faith IDW and the BBC (represented in this field usually by former DWM editor Gary Russell) that Tony Lee has been entruested with a long series with new and old aliens, new characters and scope to develop things without the characters and plots of the TV series getting in the way.
The biggest thing I’ve been allowed to do is bring back the cliffhanger. This was a massive part of the old Doctor Who, and with the new series primarily playing with “done in one” stories, it’s nice to have a who-will-live/what-will-happen cliffhanger during these. And with new characters involved who have no relevance to the show, we can push the boundaries a little.
It looks great – you can find Silver Scream in all good comic book stores!